DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire track & field teams will compete in the America East Outdoor Championships May 5-6 on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. Events are scheduled to begin Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Wildcats look to exceed early season expectations after the men's and women's teams were predicted to place fourth in the preseason coaches' poll. The men's squad finished fifth at last year's conference championships while the women's squad placed third.
The men's side boasts a collection of promising field competitors, led by senior Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.), who captured the conference title in the shot put this past indoor season and holds the top throw in the conference this spring. Paey has won the event four times this season and looks to cap off his Wildcat career with a fourth outdoor league title. Junior Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) will try to defend his title in the high jump and owns a pair of individual first-place finishes this spring with a best leap of 6 feet 4.75 inches.
On the track, the men will turn to senior Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) to pace the distance group and sophomore Kevin Greene (Silver Springs, Md.) to lead the middle-distance pack, while freshman D'mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) should be in the mix in both hurdle events after an impressive rookie campaign.
The women's side starts with the veteran distance trio of graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia), senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) and junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.). Letourneau, who has set five school records this year between the indoor and outdoor seasons, is coming off a record-setting performance in the 1,500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Fitzpatrick finished first overall in the 10,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays and won the event at last year's conference meet, while Maguire looks strong heading into the league championships after setting the school record in the 3,000 meters at the Penn Relays.
Another key contributor to New Hampshire's success will be junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.). Brehm has placed first in the 100 meters and 200 meters three times in each event this season, in addition to a school record-tying performance in the 100 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Moving over to the field side, junior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) and senior Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) will provide a veteran presence for a talented group at the league meet. Read recently won the hammer throw at the final home meet of the season and owns the second-best toss in the conference this season, while Stern, who won the league javelin title as a freshman, has rebounded from several injuries and is primed for another conference championship.
The Wildcats have looked strong at several competitions leading up to this weekend's America East Championships, including last weekend when the men's and women's teams had multiple first-place finishes at the Wildcat Invitational II in Durham, N.H.